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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jun 5, 2012 8:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best '80s China>Rider?

3-9-81 sure is nice, but I agree 8-7-82 takes the cake...never thought a '80s China>Rider could compare to my beloved '73 and '74 versions, but damn if this one isn't amazing...

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Jun 7, 2012 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best '80s China>Rider?

I concur as well, 8-7-82 is my favorite!

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Poster: pinyonjay Date: Jun 8, 2012 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best '80s China>Rider?

Yep - the China/Rider from 8/7/82 is easily my favorite post '74 version.

I was at this show, along with the next night. At the time 8/8/82 was the one that blew me away.

At some point in '86 I obtained a sweet very low-gen audience of most of the 2nd set of 8/7/82 (no Ship of Fools, no Drums, with a filler of Music>Sugaree>Music). I was completely amazed by the 2nd set material - a revelation as to a show I had actually "seen/heard." I dubbed the tape "Sacred Alpine" and for years it was much loved by myself and friends.

Jerry's picking flows beautifully during the China/Rider, and just when you think they're heading into Rider, Jerry and Brent drop into a "Feeling Groovy Jam" that goes straight to my heart, filled with Love, both present and lost. It has a soul all its own, unlike any of the early 70's versions. The Rider absolutely rips. Many, many times this sequence brought tears to my eyes.

The Wheel out of (a gorgeous) Space from this show is my favorite, bar none, (yes, a Sacred version), and the Morning Dew and the jam out of Playing are pretty damn good also.